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New energy minister a familiar face to wind

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The new energy minister at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Brian Wilson, appointed in the UK government reshuffle after Labour was returned to power in June's general election, would appear to be a familiar face to the renewables industry. Wilson is the third person to occupy the post -- which includes responsibility for renewables -- within six months. He was formerly Minister of State at the Scottish Office and before that did a stint at the Department of Trade and Industry. The British Wind Energy Association says it is optimistic that he will be good for renewables. "Lots of renewable developers know him already. He knows them and knows their concerns," says the BWEA's Alison Hill.

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